Sem False Spirea

Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem' PP #16,336

Vividly colored, pink to red, fern-like spring foliage turns chartreuse with bronze tips, then solid green as it matures on this hardy, compact shrub. Showy panicles of tiny, white flowers adorn the foliage in late spring. Superb in foundation plantings, or for accenting borders and raised beds. Works well on slopes. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationsor-BAY-ree-uh sor-bee-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring to Summer
Design IdeasThe highly textured bamboo-like appearance of this smaller shrub makes it a natural choice for Asian-inspired gardens or contemporary rock and gravel gardens. Because it thrives in lightly shaded, woodland settings, it blends wonderfully with the colorful leaves of Japanese Maples, Purple Nine Bark and similar shrubs and trees with deep coloration. Highly effective in larger spaces planted in bold, informal groupings where the swaths of glowing foliage is stunning.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Hillside
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Viburnum (Viburnum); Foxglove (Digitalis); Barberry (Berberis); Bergenia (Bergenia)

Provide well-drained, enriched soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring. Prune annually and remove root suckers to control size and spread.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-11

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 4

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